[ExI] Fascist America, in 10 Easy Steps

Richard Loosemore rpwl at lightlink.com
Fri Sep 28 15:39:21 UTC 2007

Stefano Vaj wrote:
> On 9/28/07, PJ Manney <pjmanney at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 9/26/07, Emlyn <emlynoregan at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> This isn't new, but it is interesting, I thought some people mightn't
>>> have seen it. It'll read as pretty strongly partisan, so get past that
>>> if you can. Do you think things are really as bad as she describes?
>> Naomi Wolf and Naomi Klein need to get together.  See Naomi Klein's
>> The Shock Doctrine:
>> http://www.naomiklein.org/shock-doctrine
>> In a word, Emlyn, my answer is 'yes.'
>> But remember this: even fascists believe they're doing the right
>> thing.  They balance what they and the country gain by their actions
>> against what they and the country might lose if they refrained.
>> Hence, their behavior.
> Another point is that in all this discussion "fascism" is employed as
> a rather metaphorical sense for anything or anybody thinking it to be
> a good idea in the circumstances to suspend previous constitutional
> guarantees... In this sense, the English government incarcerating
> British fascists during II WW should be considered as a fascist
> regime. On the other hand, fascist movements had their own views
> concerning non-emergency political process.

With respect, that is not the sense in which the word is used here (or 
elsewhere), but only a shadow of one part of the usage.

Using only a shadow of one part of the meaning changes the meaning 

Richard Loosemore

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